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July Community Project – ‘The Everyday Difference’

 
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Throughout the month of July, Ruth Poundwhite invited 30 brilliant creatives and business owners to share the many and varied ways in which they make a difference in the world – no matter how small it is or how quietly they do it.

Quite amazingly, I was one of the creatives to be invited into the project!

Ruth’s aim is to share stories that hope to empower and embolden us all to believe that our work matters, and give us the courage to share that work with the world.

Each day for the month, the story of a different creative is shared via email. Here is my submission:


Art has the power to really move people. It connects on a deep emotional level. It has the power to start conversations, encourage dialogue around challenging topics and also to be simply joyful and celebratory. Art is there to allow us to feel and experience what is not easily put into words. Thats what drives me in all my creative projects.

When we ask ourselves ‘What impact can we make on the world’, it often feels like a huge question. ‘Impact’ implies grandness, and we feel pressure to be seen on a large scale.

But sometimes the impact is on one individual, and that can be enough, as that individual then goes on to impact others, and the ripple grows ever larger.

I can cite two examples recently where I felt the profound impact my work could make.

The first was with my blog post ‘when insta slaps you in the face, slowly’. Here I talked openly for the first time about my personal experience of miscarriage, and how I struggled with my mental health and social media following that experience. As part of this, I sketched an image of a uterus with one of the fallopian tubes severed, to go alongside the words. The response was overwhelming, with women and men coming forward to show support, empathy, understanding, but more importantly to share and open up about their own experiences of loss.

There was dialogue, there was a feeling of being ‘seen’ and for those who could not express openly their own experiences, this post gave voice to their own feelings.

In the second example it was my privilege to be one of 10 contributing artists to the phenomenal children’s book ‘Stories for South Asian Super Girls’. Published by Kashi House, this book celebrates the lives and achievements of 50 females from the South Asian diaspora, both historical and contemporary. The world has been hungry for a book like this, and once it went out into the world, I was blown away by the response from parents and children alike.

Finally, young girls could see their own future selves reflected back at them. Women who LOOKED like them, and who had challenged the worlds they lived in to achieve extraordinary things.

It was such an honour to be part of a project that would impact the minds of so many young girls, and hopefully boys too.

Both these experiences reinforced what I knew - that art MATTERS. That it has the potential to heal. That is why I love it!.


Go check out the rest of the project on Ruth’s website and discover the other amazing individuals who are part of the project!

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(Emails are roughly monthly, but will mostly be sent out when I feel most excited!)